Welcome to CAMRA West Kent

This website is for CAMRA members who have an interest in the West Kent Branch.

The branch area includes the towns of Edenbridge, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Westerham.





Like a beacon shining out through the darkness some of our local brewers are now able to offer a take-away or delivery service. Clearly with restrictions to comply with COVID-19 requirements but as at 27th March the following services are available (obviously check all details directly with the brewers concerned).


  • Pig & Porter, TW – has reopened for deliveries of 5 litre mini kegs £20 each or 3 for £50 www.pigandporter.co.uk
  • Cellar Head – has re-introduced click and collect from the brewery and also does delivery within 15 miles via website / credit card £25 min. www.cellarheadbrewing.com 
  • Tonbridge – take-away or delivery / pre-order on 01622 871239 www.tonbridgebrewery.co.uk
  • Westerham – has re-introduced click and collect as well as delivery service. Extensive range of beers in various containers, other drinks and bar snacks, delivery within 20 miles (30 minutes) are free over £80 – pre-order on website www.westerhambrewery.co.uk
  • Alpha State – 5lt mini kegs and bottles, free local delivery to most TN and some ME postcodes www.alphastatebeer.com
  • Good Things Brewing at Eridge – takeaway cans and refills (bring a container) from the brewery shop https://goodthingsbrewing.co/
  • Larkins – takeaway 5 litre mini casks, polypins and mini-pins phone to order 01892 870328 www.larkinsbrewery.co.uk
  • Titsey Brewery (Near Tatsfield) Call Craig on 07850 914189. May suit members in the general Sevenoaks/Westerham area, located behind the Botley Hill Inn is just over the border in Surrey.

If you know of any other Brewers locally offering a Take-Away or Delivery service please let us know.

PLUS …. PLUS …. PLUS !!!


The Pantiles Tap, TW is open for takeaway drinks, with containers available for draught beer and cider, along with a range of cans and bottles. Open from 3pm-7pm Tuesday to Sunday 01892 530397
Bricklayers Arms, Chipstead is now doing takeaways of Harveys Best on Saturdays. Ring pub by Thursday to order (in multiples of 2 pint containers) and to obtain a time slot for collection. You can also order wine or a whole ‘Pub in a Box’ for collection (or delivery if you order a box and are within 2 miles) every Saturday from the pub https://the-bricklayers-arms.co.uk/ Contact via email info@the-bricklayers-arms.co.uk or tel. 01732 743424.
The Nelson Arms, Tonbridge is holding a “Not in your Nelly” Beer Festival 22nd – 25th May (check the dates as this may run even longer) with 30 real ales and ciders, craft beers, lagers and stouts, food including hog roast rolls Fri & Sat, live acoustic music streamed on FB page Sat at 8pm, beer quiz on Zoom Sun at 7pm. Use this link for a video of what’s on https://www.facebook.com/thenelsonarmstonbridge/videos/919058518609390/ Opening hours/collection times: Mon-Fri 5-8pm (no food Mon); Sat 3-8pm; Sun 12-4pm. Phone the pub earlier during the day prior to opening time to place your order for food and/or drink. This link will tell you what’s available each day: https://www.realalefinder.com/beerboard/?the-nelson-arms-tonbridge
The Grove, TW is selling draught and bottled beers via a serving hatch for takeaway. They can fill your own containers or £2.00 deposit for a four-pint flagon 07767 616039 or 01892 526549
The Black Horse, Pembury offers takeaway food from a varied menu. Book 24 hours ahead 01892 822141
The King William IV, Pembury – takeaway beer and food. Full menu and on Thurs-Sat you can even get breakfasts. Menu on Facebook. Call or text Colin 07733 271531 to place your order and arrange time of collection. The KW is also starting to sell mini casks (5lt/9pints) from a range of breweries and is starting to do fresh fish sales as well. Delivery possible for locals if in special need.
The Halfway House, Brenchley Beer Festival (Quarantine Edition) 23rd May 2020 details here https://www.facebook.com/The-Halfway-House-195844770455022/?tn-str=k*F&hc_location=group_dialog and order here https://halfway-house-delivery.myshopify.com/ a bit nearer the time. Still doing food & beer takeaway and local delivery daily 01892 722526 https://halfway-house-delivery.myshopify.com/
The Rose & Crown, Halstead are still providing Home Delivery Meal Service to people in the Village. Seems to be aimed at the over 60s and anyone who could benefit from this service. Order between 10am and 2pm each day and they deliver your meal in hygienic re-heatable containers. To order ring 01959 533120 menu here
The Poet, Matfield is now doing a takeaway food service see website for menu or phone 01892 722416 https://thepoetatmatfield.co.uk/
The Beer Seller, Tonbridge (On Wheels) – are now offering beer, cider, wine & spirits deliveries to the Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells areas and many surrounding villages with free delivery on all orders. Deliver to TW areas on Thursday am & Tonbridge areas Friday am. Order by 1pm Tuesday for same week delivery https://beer-seller.myshopify.com/ or email: info@thebeerseller.co.uk
The Royal Oak, Crockham Hill beer, lager, wine, spirits, bar snacks collection service and delivery in the village – Please ring or text Max on 07973 490960 or email royaloak@crockhamhill.com any time of day to place an order. Collections are between 6pm – 8pm, seven days a week, please order in advance to avoid disappointment. Regularly changing draft beer, so call Max to find out what’s on, or visit Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RoyalOakTN8/ and like our page so that you are sent regular updates on current beers and special offers we are doing.
The Forester’s Arms, Tonbridge – takeaway service available Thurs-Sun 12.00-18.00. Visit Facebook page. Tel: 01732 361927.
The Bull, Tunbridge Wells – full menu available for collection from 13.30 onwards. Please order and give time on Facebook page. For delivery use Deliveroo – the menu is on the website. Tel: 01892 546089.
Sankey’s fishmongers for food and beer deliveries
Fuggles are doing a lot of deliveries and have an extensive range of drinks on their comprehensive website, order at http://www.fugglesbeercafe.co.uk/beer They’ve also launched a new monthly beer subscription #FUGSCLUB – 12 beers delivered to your door (or collected one day soon), curated and featuring the pick of the freshest releases and favourites across the month. Visit the website for more info and to sign up. First boxes are due out from the 11th May – FREE Fuggles tote bag for the first 20 people to get involved! SUBSCRIBE NOW
The Greyhound, Charcott takeaway pizzas phone 01892870275 in advance to order from Fran & Rich
Queens Arms, Cowden Pound https://www.thequeensarms.pub/
The Old House, Ightham – takeaways
The George, TW
• The Chequers, Laddingford
• The George & Dragon, Tonbridge
St. John’s Yard, TW food takeaway, not sure about beer
The Fluer de Lis, Leigh takeaway food and bottled beer

Once again please note the above comments that this list is not guaranteed correct or up to date so please check with the establishment. A few of them are doing food as well as beer takeaways.

Free Brew2You app 

CAMRA’s new beer ordering app is now ready to download and use. Ordering beer, cider or perry directly to your doorstep couldn’t be simpler. Just download the app, search for your favourite drink within your local area and order it to your door with just a click of a button.   


Sign the Petition to Save Pubs by Cutting Taxes on Them

It’s very easy to do at: https://www.longlivethelocal.pub/

Pub News – Potential Community Pubs in Our Branch

The Royal Oak, Crockham Hill community purchase campaign is progressing well. Locals have agreed a price subject to the results of surveys and are currently negotiating with the vendors for repairs etc. to be carried out prior to completion. They have received help from the Plunkett Foundation and held a packed village meeting on 4th October with over 100 villagers to discuss purchasing the Royal Oak on behalf of the community via a Community Benefit Scheme. Since then they have raised 50% of their goal in support pledges so still have a way to go, but the enthusiasm in the community is encouraging. A new tenants’ agreement has been discussed and agreed in principle with the current tenants and plans have begun for improvements to the building and the way the pub business is run following acquisition. If you want to be involved, pledge money or keep informed email Stuart Wilkie at help@save-royal-oak.co.uk

The Fox & Hounds, Toys Hill is currently closed and is also the subject of a community purchase campaign as reported recently in the Courier newspaper. Not much info on this one yet but we hope to be able to shed more light soon. If you want to support the campaign please email Micaela West at micaelawest@btinternet.com

The Stanhope Arms, Brasted is subject of a possible community interest in purchasing and there is to be a meeting in the village hall on 12th February.

Westerham Brewery Visit – Sunday 3rd November

On our recent Branch Visit to Westerham 16 hardy souls travelled by 401 bus being picked up at various stops along the way.  But then the walk from the bus stop on the A25 is not the easiest, or safest !!  There is a footpath along the A25 but as soon as you walk down the A233 Beggars Lane there is only an overgrown verge to walk on or the road which can be quite busy.

On arrival we found that we had given tables set among the conditioning tanks.  Unfortunately the brewer, Robert Wicks, was not able to be there but we were well looked after by his staff.  On offer were five of their cask ales along with four more on keg.  In the car park outside there was a “street food” van providing snacks and more substantial meals. After a pleasant couple of hours we made our way back to the bus stop where we caught a 401 to Chipstead for a comfort break at the Bricklayers Arms which is a Harvey’s pub.  As well as their regular beers we were able to partake of the Old and Bonfire Boy which were both in excellent condition.  We then caught the last 401 bus back to Tunbridge Wells.

Remember the Farmer’s in Sevenoaks ?

As you may know the much-loved Farmer’s pub in Sevenoaks, opposite the railway station, closed its doors for the last time in January 2006 and was knocked down by its new owners, a property company, despite fierce opposition.  Since then the site has remained derelict, although two planning permissions were granted to build flats and retail units. The Sevenoaks Society did its best to help save the pub, objecting to both applications; the original one, to demolish it, was turned down by Sevenoaks District Council, but overturned on appeal – as was the second, for a revised scheme.

The Society has sought to persuade the Council to take action, but despite their efforts, the concerns of many in the town, and the discussions between the developers and the Council, no progress has been made.  So they have launched a campaign that some of our members may wish to support by signing a petition urging the Council to purchase the site, and develop a scheme of their own, to include an element of much-needed social housing. We can’t bring the pub back. But the derelict site is an eyesore at a key gateway to the town and more importantly it represents an opportunity to provide residential accommodation in town, helping to meet the government’s assessment of our housing need, rather than build on the Green Belt. 
The petition may be signed on-line (using Sevenoaks District Council’s E-petition page on their web-site): https://sevenoaks.moderngov.co.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=42 There is also a paper petition that can be obtained from Keith Wade – see below.
Anyone who signs must have a home or work address in Sevenoaks District.  They have over 500 signatures so far but need 1000 plus for the matter to be debated in full Council.

Further Request
Keith Wade, who brought this issue to our attention, is writing a book on the pubs of Sevenoaks. The Farmer’s will feature large, so if anyone has any stories to tell, or any information or images of interest, he would love to hear from them. He’s also trying to pin down the exact date of the pub’s demolition. kwc@keithwadeconsulting.co.uk


40 Years “At Anchor” !

A party from West Kent CAMRA recently visited Barry at The Anchor in Sevenoaks to celebrate his 40th “birthday” at the pub. Quite an achievement! Our picture shows branch chairman Trevor presenting Barry with a caricature to commemorate the occasion.

More Accolades for Harvey’s

A double presentation was recently made to Miles Jenner, Head Brewer at multiple award-winning Harvey’s brewery in Lewes, East Sussex.

A coach full of West Kent CAMRA volunteers who served over 14,000 pints of beer at the 8th annual Spa Valley Railway beer and cider festival in October 2018, the largest and most successful to date, were greeted by Miles in the brewery yard who then proceeded to provide an engaging and entertaining tour of the brewery culminating in the tasting of a range of Harvey’s fine cask ales in the racking room.

Emerging into the spring sunshine Craig Beeson, West Kent vice chair and festival organiser, presented Miles with a Gold Award certificate for Bonfire Boy, having been voted “Beer Of The Festival” by the public who chose from over 200 beers available. The three day festival is now one of the largest to be held in the south east and unique with its three locations as well as beers being available on the train, and will feature other favourites from Harvey’s this year. This award for the Lewes brewery is very appropriate for a town with a renowned reputation for its Bonfire Night celebrations!

Craig was joined by Ian Hodge, BLO for Harvey’s, who on behalf of CAMRA officially presented Miles with the Silver Award certificate for Harvey’s Old Ale in the Old Ales/Strong Milds category in the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition at the GBBF Winterfest held in Norwich in February.

We would like to thank Miles for his hospitality and the time and effort he devoted to making the occasion so enjoyable and look forward to welcoming Harvey’s beers among the 200 to be available at the 2019 festival in Tunbridge Wells to be held over the three days 18th-20th October. Any volunteers able to help at the festival or in organising it would be most welcome.

The easiest ways to help CAMRA West Kent?

The number 1, easiest, but most important thing that CAMRA members can do to help any branch is to enter pub and beer scores via WhatPub. If you enter scores for pubs that you try they will get fed back to the relevant branch, and will be used for deciding which pubs go in the Good Beer Guide. The menu on the left contains a guide to Beer Scoring, or follow the WhatPub link above to go direct. 

Branch Volunteering
We really need more active, campaigning members on the branch committee to spread the workload . We’re all volunteers as you know, so if you want to be more involved let us know or come to our branch meetings and get involved. Also put your hand-up and volunteer to help at the events the branch organise, especially the Beer Festival at the Spa Valley Railway – always good fun and a great way to get involved.